The Ultimate Leader

The probability of finding all these qualifications in a single man is rather remote. Even if you found such a person, you wouldn’t have him long.

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I’ve always kinda known it, but I went to that paragon of analytical rigor and Google’d the compensation of the top 10 College football coaches. I won’t bore you with the details – this is only a lead in for the main point of this article – but I will summarize.

The top 10 college football coaches make between 4 and 7 MILLION dollars per year. I don’t know how many football coaches there are, so suffice it to say a bunch of them. What does that say for the rest? Are they substandard? Yes, some, but very few. Are they not good men? I would venture to say that would be true of precious few of them – just like any other profession.

A college football coach is a heck of a lot more than just a coach.

  • He has to inspire, and equip, his team to greatness
  • He has to recruit, hire, train, and RETAIN his staff – with a very limited budget in most cases.
  • He has to be the general manager of a substantial business enterprise. Yes, football is – among other things – a business enterprise.
  • He has to be like a father figure to those young men that are placed in his care

You know – that sounds a lot like a Pastor. Think about it:

  • Must be an inspiring “preacher” – 52 weeks a year
  • Must manage a staff. In many cases with a very limited budget
  • Must manage a significant business enterprise
  • Must be a shepherd to his congregation

All this on top of being a good husband and good father!

The probability of finding all these qualifications in a single man is rather remote. Even if you found such a person, you wouldn’t have him long. You’ve got lots of competition willing to pay big bucks to snag him away.

We expect a lot from our Pastors – and we should. We should also realize that no one person can reasonably be everything, all the time, on our list. We demand our Pastor to be there for us and minister to our every need as we pay lip service to the notion that he should “equip the saints”. If we’re in the hospital and armies of Brothers and Sisters in Christ come to our bedside, we only remember that the Pastor himself did not – forgetting that he “equipped the saints” – that’s why all those other folks showed up.

By the way, who’s being a Pastor to the Pastor? Do you think he doesn’t have real needs too?

Overall, they’re doing a good job with very limited resources. Let’s show some appreciation for our Pastors.


That’s what I think. I’m interested in your thoughts. There’s lots of ways to hit me up so let me hear from you.

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Author: Mark Prasek

Christian Technologist. Find me on Twitter @DataGenesis

1 thought on “The Ultimate Leader”

  1. Churches often put unrealistically high expectations on their pastors, holding them to a much higher standard of “perfection” than the members do themselves. It is good to remember that there was only one perfect Man….and they crucified Him.

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